**Posted by Phineas
This time (1), by a Mexican Army helicopter that got a wee bit lost:
A Mexican military helicopter landed Saturday afternoon at Laredo International Airport by mistake, said a spokeswoman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Mucia Dovalina, the uniform public affairs officer for the Laredo Port of Entry, said the helicopter landed about 3 p.m., but she couldn’t share details such as the number of occupants or whether they were armed.
Dovalina said that, following protocol, CBP officers checked out the helicopter’s occupants, then allowed them to return to Mexico in the aircraft.
“The only thing that I can tell you is that they did land here,” she said. “It was by mistake. They were processed and they were returned to Mexico.”
As the article points out, this isn’t the first time the Mexican Army has crossed the border. This time the incident seems far less suspicious; the Mexican government was concluding armed operations against the Zetas cartel in a region near the poorly demarcated border, and these chuckleheads just lost their bearings. No harm, no foul, and so CBP sent them home.
Besides, they should know that the only proper way is to sneak across at night, like everyone else does.
(1) Referring to last summer’s near-panic on the on Internet on reading rumors that ranches near Laredo had been taken over by the Zetas, rumors fed by shoddy journalism and bloggers who should have known better.
(Crossposted at Public Secrets)